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Republic Act 9729 – The Climate Change Act

Posted by lexforiphilippines on February 10, 2010

On 23 October 2009, the President signed into law, Republic Act No. 9729, otherwise known as the Climate Change Act.  Touted as the first of its kind in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), RA 9729 aims to systematically integrate the concept of climate change in the policy formulation and development plans of all government agencies and units, to the end that the government will be prepared for the impact of climate change.

The law created the Climate Change Commission, composed of the President, as Chairperson, and three (3) commissioners to be appointed by the President, which is tasked to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the programs and action plans of the government relating to climate change.  The law requires the Climate Change Commission to formulate a Framework Strategy on Climate Change within six (6) months from its effectivity and a National Climate Change Action Plan within one (1) year from the formulation of said Framework.  The Local Government Units (LGUs) have also been tasked to formulate and implement their respective Local Climate Change Action Plans consistent with said Framework and RA 9729.

Government agencies have likewise been assigned their respective roles under RA 9729.  For instance, the Department of Education is tasked to integrate climate change into the primary and secondary education curricula, including textbooks and other education materials.  So also, Government Financial Institutions are allowed to provide preferential financial packages for climate change-related projects.

On 22 January 2010, the President signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Climate Change Act.

(For an outline of the significant provisions of the Climate Change Act, please click on Laws under Tools.)

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